Joseph Allen Preddy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Joseph Allen Preddy, age 86, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014, in Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 30, 1928, in his childhood home on Grade School Hill (7th Street) in Cassville, Missouri, the son of Jess and Ima (White) Preddy. On September 18, 1953, he married Nanah Frances Cox, who survives.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Lilburn and Ramond Preddy. Surviving are his daughter, Annette Henderson of Cassville; his son, Joseph Paul Preddy and his wife, Luann of Barre, Vermont; his grandchildren, Devon Henderson Forsythe and her husband, Preston and Jake and Lauren Preddy. Also surviving are one sister, Zeta May Ashens of Belvidere, Illinois; one brother, Charles Preddy of St. Joseph, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Dixie Preddy of Tulsa, Oklahoma and many nieces and nephews.

Joe lived his entire life in Cassville, Missouri. After graduating from Cassville High School with the class of 1946, he studied one year at college in Springfield, Missouri. He began work at Barry Electric Cooperative in 1947, as assistant bookkeeper. He served in the United States Army from 1951 until 1953. After returning from the service he resumed his job with Barry Electric. He was named General Manager in 1967, and remained as such until his retirement in December 1990. In 1991, Joe was awarded the A.C. Burrows Service Award from the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The award was in recognition of Joe's leadership in rural electrification distinguished by his dedication to helping others.

Joe was a member of Cassville United Methodist Church, where his family attended his entire life. Joe was a leader in the Church serving in various capacities. In the community Joe took his responsibilities to heart. He was a member of the Cassville Rotary Club and served as President in 1986, and recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary. Joe was active in the Cassville Chamber of Commerce during his working years and received the Community Service Award from the Chamber in 1988, siting his years of service to the Chamber, twice serving as President of the organization and numerous times as board member. His recognition also covered extensive cooperation toward industrial development in this community.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 24, 2014, in Cassville United Methodist Church under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Reverend Andy Lambel will conducted the services. Burial with military honors was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.

The family will recveived friends from 9:00 A.M. until service time Friday in Cassville United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made to Cassville United Methodist Church in memory of Joe.

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